Apple’s newest iPad Air, HP Chromebooks, and more are on sale today
The Google Pixel 5, OtterBox cases and more devices are available for sale today
As expected, let’s end the week with deals. Starting with Google Pixel 5 and Amazon, which is currently $ 150 cheaper. This remains the entry-level model for the 789 with free shipping. If you really want a Pixel, the Pixel 4 is also available for $ 250 off the original price, so it stays at $ 549. The Sony Xperia 1 Mark II, which we know many of you will like, costs $ 102 less, leaves it at 1098, and yes, that’s still pretty expensive. The OnePlus 8T is still $ 60 cheaper, so it ships at $ 689, which is pretty good deal. If you are looking for an iPad, the new iPad Air I’m rocking now costs $ 50 and is around $ 699. Samsung’s trade-in offers are still available. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is only $ 499, and gets $ 250 in credit right away, but if you have an eligible device. We have more deals on Google Nest Speakers, Hisense TVs, which are some of my favorites, as well as Chromebooks, and more.
ASUS ROG Phone 5 will launch on March 10th
If we move on to the ASUS ROG Phone 5 and yes, they’ll pull a OnePlus and skip number 4. We have received a ton of leaks and rumors over the past few weeks, including Geekbench listings and teasers from the company. Now if you go to the ASUS ROG Phone 5 landing page, the countdown will be in 18 days and 20 hours from the time Diego wrote the script. So yeah, we’ll get that phone on March 10th at 6:00 PM ET. The ROG Phone 5 is equipped with a 6.78-inch display that runs on the Snapdragon 888 SoC, 8 GB or 16 GB RAM, a 6000 mAh battery and Android 11. According to the leaks, we should also be using a dot matrix display on the back, similar to some ROG gaming laptops. We don’t have any price tags yet, but we hope ASUS will surprise us with some wow factors: is it just me or does it sound kind of boring?
Malware for Apple’s new M1 Macs has already been discovered in the wild
Let’s talk about Apple Silicon Macs, but not for the reasons you’d normally expect. We have a new report from a Mac security researcher quoted by Wired that explains in detail how malware is customized and recompiled to run natively on M1 Macs. He discovered the first, which was a Safari extension called “GoSearch22”, originally written to run on x86 Intel Macs. As usual, it presents itself as a regular Safari extension, but it gathers your data and delivers you a ton of banners and pop-up ads including those linking you to malicious website with malware. Now the author mentions that antivirus scanners do not detect malware as easily and effectively as they do on Intel Macs because most of the tools have not yet adapted or are simply not yet available because malware is still in its early stages. All of this will of course change as Apple expands its offering. Hopefully very soon. And developers are starting to patch these and bring anti-virus software. We will make sure the report is linked in the description as it is still pretty interesting.
OnePlus 9 Pro may use an LTPO indicator to enable the adaptive refresh rate
Let’s talk about the OnePlus 9 series as we are getting pretty close to it. So far the leaks on the OnePlus 9 have been pretty quiet, I mean of course we had leaked the design heavily last week, but for the other features things were a little quiet. Now we have a new tweet from Max Jambor that sheds some light on what we can expect from the 9 Pro’s display. In his typical manner, he didn’t share much with the tweet, but it does bring an image that says 9 Pro LTPO onto a display that looks like it is scrolling at a high refresh rate. This also means that we should expect the 9 Pro to offer an adaptive refresh rate like the one we get on the Galaxy S21 series. For those of you who don’t know, this feature uses software to automatically change your refresh rate based on what you’re doing with your phone, giving you better battery life in the process. According to the guys at PhoneArena, Jambor has also confirmed that the regular OnePlus 9 doesn’t offer this feature, but should still bring 120 Hz. According to surveys among OnePlus fans, they like the display permanently set to 120 Hz. This could be kind of a shutdown for them, but I mean, high refresh rate, better battery life. Sounds good to me. And finally, for the hottest news today, we’re talking about Apple as we are only a few days away from March and we expect to get plenty of products at this March event. We have a new report from Korea’s Economic Daily News that says Cupertino will have its event practically on March 16th. Now Apple recently hosted this event a little later, but that date actually makes sense. According to the report, the main focus here will be on the new iPad pros, and the original iPad Pro was announced back then on March 18th. Regarding this iPad Pro, the report mentions that we shouldn’t expect a full redesign, similar to what the leaks have shown, but this iPad could finally bring mini-LED displays and it will most likely be the first 5G iPad. And along with 5G, we could also get additional built-in magnets for new accessories. Apparently, we could also get a new iPad mini that could get a bigger display by shrinking the bezels, at least to the level of the older iPad Air. The report also mentions that we could get another moment to go along with .. Mark AirTags. These trackers have been on the leak since 2019, and according to trusted sources, they are finally getting released. Other tipsters claim we could get new AirPods too, but those rumors are a bit shaky.
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A former bilingual teacher who left the classroom to join the Pocketnow team as a news editor and content creator for the Spanish audience. An artist by nature who enjoys video games, guitars, action figures, cooking, painting, drawing, and good music.